Leah is the last born in a family of three children. Their father abandoned them when Leah was an infant. The family lives in a single-room mud house in a remote village in Kenya. The house is at risk of collapse. The family takes shelter in neighbors’ houses during the rainy season. They have no access to electricity and they walk a long distance every day to fetch water from the river.
From an early age, Leah knew that education would be her only pathway out of poverty. The lack of food and a conducive environment for studying at home did not deter her from striving for excellence in her studies. She performed well in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam and earned herself a place in a secondary boarding school. Her mom could not afford to pay the school fees. The poverty situation at home caused her mom to take her to an orphanage to enable her to continue with her education and benefit from the feeding program. The school within the orphanage did not offer quality education. Children suffered emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in the orphanage. Leah lost hope for her life. No one understood the burdens she was carrying at a tender age and the emotional turmoil she was experiencing. She planned to escape from the orphanage to the streets to become homeless. She didn’t want to be a burden to her mom anymore. She knew that her mom was suffering from depression and anxiety.
Aspire Globally got her back on track! Aspire Globally rescued her from the orphanage and enrolled her in a boarding school. They provided Leah’s school fees, boarding requirements, back-to-school shopping, and pocket money. She will be staying with her mom during the school holidays. Aspire Globally will support her through secondary school. She is now at peace knowing that Aspire Globally will support her as she works hard to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.